Safe Motherhood Clinical Skills: A Self-Paced Learning Intervention in Ghana

Safe Motherhood Clinical Skills: A Self-Paced Learning Intervention in Ghana

Nancy Kiplinger (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA) and Hannum Wallace (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-749-7.ch006
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Abstract

This case explores the challenges of providing training to health care personnel in Ghana that is appropriate 1) in terms of training content to enable them to perform well in their positions, and 2) in terms of training delivery to take into account the geographic, social, and economic circumstances in Ghana. The approach taken uses self-paced learning modules, paired learning teams, clinical practice with feedback, and supervision. The strategy is illustrated through an example of a learning package that was evaluated for effectiveness, efficiency, and acceptability. The evaluation demonstrated that this approach produced greater learning gains than a traditional approach and was cost-effective. The case proposes solutions to strengthen pedagogy and a strategy for ensuring that the learning design is effective before it is deployed via technology.

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